Drummond drops 31 as Pistons top Timberwolves

Andre Drummond erupted for 31 points and 15 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons won for the 10th time in 12 games by downing the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday.Drummond’s point total was two shy of his career best.Detroit’s bench also played a major hand in the victory, which put it over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 19. Luke Kennard had 21 points and Ish Smith supplied 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.Langston Galloway and Wayne Ellington added 11 points apiece.Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 24 points before fouling out. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and Jeff Teague contributed 15 points and eight assists.Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson was ejected with 10:07 remaining for elbowing Drummond in the face.Minnesota raced to a 16-point lead late in the first quarter, then gave it back before emerging with a 64-60 halftime advantage.Towns and Wiggins scored 13 points apiece, while the bench duo of Kennard and Smith sparked Detroit’s comeback. They combined for 22 points and four assists as the Pistons outscored the Timberwolves 38-29 in the second quarter.

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